Colobus Conservation is eager to contribute to the scientific knowledge of this unique habitat found in Dini, the primates, wildlife that depend on it and the conflicts and solutions we are using to allow the wildlife to continue to survive alongside the human population and development.
We have a number of long term research projects that research interns are able to participate in, these include, but are not limited to behavioral, home range and habitat use studies of the wild primates, enrichment engagement of our captive monkeys and pre-release assessments. Research interns must have completed and graduated from an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, have some field experience and ideally will commit for a minimum of 3 or a maximum of 6-month duration, however, shorter terms may be possible for some projects. You will be assigned your research project prior to arrival and be provided with anticipated working hours and methodology. With prior discussion and agreement, it may also be possible for MSc level students to use the data they collect from a long term project towards their thesis.
We strongly encourage independent researchers of all levels to use Colobus Conservation as a research base accessing a wide range of habituated primates as well as Colobus Conservation's knowledge, contacts and accommodation facilities. In order to begin this process, take a look at our website under the menu item 'Volunteers'. Below are some of the conservation research projects that may be of interest to you and are important for further development of our conservation activities which include, Primate Electrocution, Primate Pets, Primate Vehicle Collisions, Primate Welfare, Primate Pests Behavior, and Deforestation. If you have a different topic that is of interest to you, that is also fine. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the way forward. Prior to beginning the research, you will need to obtain the relevant permits from the Government of Kenya. You should allow a minimum of three months for this process. Please ask us for details on how to obtain the necessary research permits.
Undergraduates are also encouraged to conduct their final year thesis under the guidance of Colobus Conservation, but due to the time limitations usually experienced for this research (i.e. less than three months) and the level of input required from our staff members, they are requested to apply as Eco-volunteers.
Colobus Conservation also has long term data and data from on-going studies. We would be interested in students analyzing this data for their degree program in a collaborative effort.